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  • The challenge of lower rates
    Sep 13, 2019 8:00 am

    The challenge of lower rates

    Government officials, making more moves this week, are guaranteed to cause some further head scratching. First, the European Central Bank started yet another wave of monetary easing yesterday; and next week, the Fed is likely to cut interest...

  • Buyout offer and options for investors
    Aug 6, 2019 8:00 am

    Buyout offer and options for investors

    Bermudian-based Ascendant Group Ltd stated on January 28 the company had begun evaluating strategic alternatives including a potential sale of the company.

    Then Algonquin Power and Utilities, a Canadian utility, announced on June 3 it had...

  • Cruise stocks look like bargains
    Jul 10, 2019 8:00 am

    Cruise stocks look like bargains

    Earlier this year I wrote about the island capital markets (“Investment Opportunities in the islands” — March 19, 2019) highlighting what were in my opinion the best investments closer to home. In scanning the offshore world, my conclusion was...

  • Toxic politics push rates lower
    Jun 5, 2019 8:00 am

    Toxic politics push rates lower

    This week the ten-year US Treasury bond yield fell to 2.09 per cent, its lowest level in twenty months as interest rates in Europe continued to plunge and President Trump threatened Mexico with new tariffs. With Brexit negotiations caught in a...

  • Investing for slower growth
    Apr 25, 2019 8:00 am

    Investing for slower growth

    With the US stock market averages hitting new highs, selectivity will likely be the key to successful investing in the months and years ahead. Some trends will persist but others may fade as the extended economic recovery approaches record...

  • Investment opportunities in the islands
    Mar 19, 2019 8:00 am

    Investment opportunities in the islands

    Last week I had the pleasure of joining the dynamic Toni Waterman on her weekly show The Breakdown, recorded locally at the Bermuda Broadcasting Company. The programme airs regularly on Thursday evenings and the topic for the...

  • Maiden Holdings: governance gone bad
    Feb 7, 2019 8:00 am

    Maiden Holdings: governance gone bad

    Our investment focus is primarily on global companies, but we do keep an eye on the local market. Recently, a concerning chart pattern in Bermuda-headquartered Maiden Holdings caught our attention. Maiden stock has fallen over 85 per cent in the...

  • Outlook for 2019: best or worst of times?
    Jan 16, 2019 8:00 am

    Outlook for 2019: best or worst of times?

    “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times …” begins a famous Charles Dickens novel. Unsurprisingly, this phrase has been repeated countless times in financial publications since Dickens wrote A Tale of Two Cities in...

  • Is it time to buy emerging markets?
    Dec 20, 2018 8:00 am

    Is it time to buy emerging markets?

    It seems fitting that 2018 was the Year of the Dog in the Chinese zodiac. Most asset classes fared poorly this year as investors hit the panic button, but the pain has been particularly acute in the emerging market sector. Notwithstanding a few...

  • Investing against a hawkish Fed
    Nov 16, 2018 8:00 am

    Investing against a hawkish Fed

    Last week stock markets briefly celebrated the US midterm election results, rallying sharply on prospects for a better balance of power in Washington. But from an investment perspective, the most important political appointment had already...

  • Libor rate’s days could be numbered
    Oct 17, 2018 8:00 am

    Libor rate’s days could be numbered

    This month’s sharp rise in interest rates highlights the attractiveness of investing in shorter term bonds. Longer term, fixed-rate bonds generally decline in price when rates climb, while short-duration bonds are much less sensitive. Many “low...

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